Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having prestige; esteemed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of high prestige.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Practicing tricks; juggling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Practising legerdemain; juggling; deluding.
  • Performed by prestidigitation; illusory; deceptive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having an illustrious reputation; respected
  • adj. exerting influence by reason of high status or prestige

Etymologies

Attested since the 1540s; borrowing from Latin praestigiosus ("full of tricks"), praestigiae ("juggler's tricks"), possibly an alteration of praestringō ("to blindfold, to dazzle"), from prae- ("before") with stringō ("to bind or tie"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • How did Krugman actually get a graduate degree, let alone win prestigious awards?

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  • "U of T professor first Canadian woman to win prestigious international science prize", Official University of Toronto press release

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  • The boys were promised the opportunity to play in prestigious clubs across Europe but ended up sported into child prostitution.

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  • Several of the short stories included have appeared in prestigious magazines such as Cemetery Dance Magazine, Dark Wisdom, and the anthologies Unnatural Selection, Horror Beyond II, and The Grand Struggle.

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  • Look right here on MexConnect for a three-bedroom, two and a half bath (plus servant's quarters) home for sale in prestigious Santa Maria, high on the hill overlooking Morelia.

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  • Much of what we think of as being "French theory" today is the result of the kind of literary criticism that was carried out in prestigious universities like Yale during the 1980s.

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  • One wants to have tenure and as many publications in prestigious places as one can before the next group of promising scholars looking for something "new" comes along.

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  • They watch as young men and women with the “right” family connections get jobs in prestigious Torah institutions while their own children are left behind, lacking in addition the required secular education needed to integrate in the modern Israeli labor market.

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  • Benedict believes that the unique micro-climates of the Finger Lakes are perfectly suited for riesling production and that Finger Lakes rieslings belong in prestigious competitions like the Riesling du Monde.

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